Operation Spanner -Michael Hames Dirty Squad

According to Michael Hames book Dirty Squad, Operation Spanner was mainly to do with consensual but extremely violent sado masochism. One such act was slicing the penis of another with a scalpel.

Some of those arrested in Operation Spanner had links and were charged with offences related to child sexual abuse.

Ian Donaldson appears to have been in charge of Operation Spanner, although it seems DPP coordinated the Inquiry.

82 potential defendants were interviewed and more contacts could have been followed up.

16 were charged

The average age was 50 and jobs varied from missile designer, lawyer, civil servant, forester, care assistant for mentally disabled, 2 restauranteurs, lay preacher, former fire officer, computer operator, retired finance officer, antiques restorer, tattooist, porter, and former pig breeder.

Acts of sadomasochism occurred in Whitchurch, Pontypridd,  Birmingham, Bolton, Evesham, Cambridge, London.

Men involved

  • Lucas
  • Johnny Atkinson had been violently raped at a childrens home as a boy
  • Colin Lasky previous conviction for buggery on a boy, 5 years sentence charged with indecent photographs of a child
  • Cadman – ice cream vendor access to boys aged 11/12 was his preference
  • Kelly
  • Wilkinson
  • Grindley
  • Lofthouse – Norfolk
  • Christopher Zimmerli – Hampstead, Lawyer for international company
  • Roland Jaggard – missile designer British Aerospace, sadist with blood interest, liked penile mutilations
  • James Phippen
  • Donald Anderson – charged with bestiality

Bulk of charges related to assault or bodily harm.

  • Colin Lasky 5 years
  • Forester and care worker 3 and half years
  • computer operator and ice cream vendor involved with children, 4 and half years
  • missile engineer and lay preacher 3 years
  • finance officer 33 months
  • pig breeder a year
  • 4 suspended sentences
  • one fine
  • one probation
  • one conditional discharge

See also Times Law Report on European Court of Human Rights Appeal Laskey, Jaggard and Brown v UK ECHR Times Law Report (Operation Spanner) [3]

See also Operation Greenlight Operation Spanner [4] Cadman, Lofthouse, Zimmerli and Lasky

Here is the Mike Hames Chapter on Operation Spanner  The Dirty Squad [1]

Index of Newspaper and Journal articles on this blog [1]

Index of Court Appeals on this blog [2]

1989 Oct 10 Glasgow Herald Fifteen charged after Operation Spanner [3]

1992 Feb 21 Times Law Reports  Brown, Laskey, Jaggard, Lucas, Carter, Cadman – Court of Appeal (Spanner) [6]

1993 Mar 12 Times Law Reports Brown, Lucas, Jaggard, Laskey, Carter – House of Lords (Spanner) [7]

1997 Feb 20 Times Law Report Laskey, Jaggard and Brown v UK ECHR (Operation Spanner) [4]

1997 Times Law Report Laskey, Jaggard and Brown v UK – EHCR (Spanner) [5]

all related to this post  2017 Mar 24 Cathy Fox Blog 2000 Apr 6  Michael Hames The Dirty Squad   [8]

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • One in Four [C]
  • Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area
  • A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links [M]
  • ShatterBoys -“Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Inspiring change, Through Shared Experience Whilst Building Connections…Together We Can Heal” [N]



[1] 2000 Apr 6  Michael Hames The Dirty Squad   https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/cka/Dirty-Squad-Michael-Hames/0316853216/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1490120494&sr=8-3&keywords=Michael+hames

[2] 2017 Mar 8 Cathy Fox Blog Heroes for Exposing Child Sexual Abuse – Part 1 – Peter McKelvie https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/heroes-for-exposing-child-sexual-abuse-part-1-peter-mckelvie/

[3] 2017 Mar 24 Cathy fox Blog Laskey, Jaggard and Brown v UK ECHR Times Law Report (Operation Spanner) https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/laskey-jaggard-and-brown-v-uk-echr-times-law-report-operation-spanner/

[4] Operation Greenlight Operation Spanner https://webbrain.com/brainpage/brain/0FE31538-2121-8495-33A5-86073BE95DE1/thought/918#-10156

[3]  2017 Mar 25 Cathy Fox Blog 1989 Oct 10 Glasgow Herald Fifteen charged after Operation Spanner https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/glasgow-herald-10-oct-1989-fifteen-charged-after-operation-spanner/

[4] 2017 Mar 24 Cathy Fox Blog Laskey, Jaggard and Brown v UK ECHR Times Law Report 1997 Feb 20 (Operation Spanner) https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/laskey-jaggard-and-brown-v-uk-echr-times-law-report-operation-spanner/

[5] 2017 Mar 24 Cathy Fox Blog Laskey, Jaggard and Brown v UK – Times Law Report 1997 EHCR (Spanner) https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/laskey-jaggard-and-brown-v-uk-times-law-report-1997-ehcr-spanner/

[6] 2017 Mar 24 Cathy Fox Blog Brown, Laskey, Jaggard, Lucas, Carter, Cadman 21 February 1992 Times Law Reports Court of Appeal (Spanner) https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/brown-laskey-jaggard-lucas-carter-cadman-21-february-1992-times-law-reports-court-of-appeal-spanner/

[7] 2017 Mar 24 Cathy Fox Blog Brown, Lucas, Jaggard, Laskey, Carter 12 March 1993 Times Law Reports House of Lords (Spanner) https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/brown-lucas-jaggard-laskey-carter-12-march-1993-times-law-reports-house-of-lords/

[8] 2017 Mar 24 Cathy Fox Blog 2000 Apr 6  Michael Hames The Dirty Squad   https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/cka/Dirty-Squad-Michael-Hames/0316853216/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1490120494&sr=8-3&keywords=Michael+hames

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130 Responses to Operation Spanner -Michael Hames Dirty Squad

  1. Pingback: Operation Spanner Dissected by Grimstock | cathy fox blog on child abuse

  2. grimstock says:

    The laws of God, the laws of man,
    He may keep that will and can;
    Not I: let God and man decree
    Laws for themselves and not for me;
    And if my ways are not as theirs
    Let them mind their own affairs.
    Their deeds I judge and much condemn,
    Yet when did I make laws for them?
    Please yourselves, say I, and they
    Need only look the other way.
    (A.E. Housman, Last Poems, XII)

  3. grimstock says:

    Why Sado-Masochism Should Not Be Criminalised
    Chris R. Tame
    Libertarian Alliance (1994)

  4. grimstock says:

    “Lasting Marks”
    Rainbow Europe ranks the United Kingdom as the fourth best country in Europe for LGBTQ rights, but things haven’t always been this good. Over 50 years have passed since sex between two men was decriminalized in England and Wales, but systemic homophobia in British legislation didn’t vanish overnight.
    In his latest documentary short, Lasting Marks, director Charlie Lyne revisits an all-too-recent chapter in LGBTQ history, in which consensual BDSM lovers were humiliated and jailed in the final days of Thatcher’s Britain.

    • grimstock says:

      “The story of sixteen men put on trial for sadomasochism in the dying days of Thatcher’s Britain was told by the police, the prosecution and the tabloid press — but not by those in the dock” – Charlie Lyne
      Control of the narrative is essential to deceit.

      • grimstock says:

        However, the Spanner case – regardless of whether told by the police or the incarcerated victims, was only the cover story/alibi for the whole operation.

      • grimstock says:

        Nevertheless, a good basic start on Operation Spanner. In order to assimilate the truth, it is absolutely necessary to begin by realising when you have been lied to.

    • grimstock says:

      I shall comment on this documentary here once it has been made available.

    • grimstock says:

      An admirable and long-overdue focus on the many extreme and unnecessary injustices, misrepresentations and living nightmares the spannermen had been subjected to as narrated by “Spannerman” and living legend Roland Jaggard.
      A very welcome departure from the usual “official” false explanatory narratives.

    • grimstock says:

      “LASTING MARKS” – A BFI award-winning and ingenious short documentary film by Charlie Lyne exposing the humiliation and prosecution of the Spannermen of the 1980’s as narrated by one of those men, Roland Jaggard.
      The official narrative of the Spanner case is deconstrued through inspection of original documents.

  5. grimstock says:

    Charlie Lyne on Lasting Marks winning Short Film Award at London Film Festival

  6. grimstock says:

    One of the few remaining defendants of Operation Spanner.

  7. grimstock says:

    Operation Spanner was a multifaceted embarkation on behalf of the Crown involving many crown agencies and numerous agendas and purposes, many of which will possibly never be known; and personally I can only hope to explore and expand a mere glimpse into those driving forces and the various directions the operation had both taken and led to.
    The whole truth regarding Operation Spanner may possibly never be known.
    However, since the beginning, we are now aware of many surprising aspects of the operation that were previously beyond both my knowledge and my expectations. In order to grasp the various aspects of the operation, it must be understood that the operation was a six year long satanic ritual.

  8. grimstock says:

    If anyone has any questions for me alone, then please use the reply button underneath my comment, or for general sharing please use the “leave a reply” box at bottom of page.

  9. grimstock says:

    “The Dirty Squad – Operation Spanner” is only a partly-fictional fabricated story about a fabricated case as a cover for the actual horrific operation that had been undertaken. Nothing more.

  10. grimstock says:

    “Everywhere I go I see evidence of people swirling around in the cesspool of their own making. Why do homosexuals freely engage in sodomy and other obnoxious sexual practices knowing the dangers involved?” – James Anderton, 1986 (Manchester Police Chief)
    The DIRTY? Squad
    “With prostate cancer rates continuing to climb, we are forced to face sexual taboos. Men and woman can learn prostrate health practices so the man does not end up on the surgeons table and have to face cruel radiation therapy and the even the worse chemotherapy. It is time to stop being squeamish about the prostate sexual gland and its access canal the anus.
    Why do you think there is a taboo around prostate massage?
    There are strong taboos around prostate massage because there are incredibly strong taboos against anal sex. It was just too much for our early religious leaders to see everything about the human body being God endowed and thus a source of pleasure and sexual health. Some part of the body had to be considered dirty when in fact nothing is dirty with God except sexual violence.
    Sex to the early Americans was in the domain of the Devil so you can imagine how that legacy carries on as a taboo against anything and everything anal. Even desire was considered impure and corrupting by many people in the past. The Puritans took God’s rules about sex to an extreme; including forbidding most sexual activities between husbands and wives. It was actually forbidden for sex to be enjoyable. They considered the enjoyment of sex to be a sinful expression of lust, even amongst married couples.
    Every part of the body enjoys therapeutic touch. Sexual touch is an intense extension of therapeutic touch meaning frequent sex is healthy. Because sex itself is a health promoting activity sexual aids that bring more pleasure, ease and intensity to the sexual act should be thought of as helpful. There are many frontiers for couples to explore with their sexualities. Going deep into the art of pleasure is evolutionary for our personalities and souls but with prostate massage, we are actually dealing with medicine and the health of the prostate and the avoidance of prostate cancer.

    • grimstock says:

      Trash this if you want Cathy – it’s off-topic anyway. If you do, can you please also trash my twqo comments under the Charlie Lyne interview please -(I got the wrong end of the stick).
      Apologies for all the inconvenience – Best wishes1

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